Sunday, 16 October 2016

Just Popping To The Shop

Just popping to the shop, its something I often to say to Martin, although our shop is just across the garden,
The choices are vast
Yesterday preparing dinner I had to pop to the shop for vegetables
What to choose
Broccoli, Kale, Sprouts, Chinese Cabbage, Chop Suey Greens, Sweet Potatoes, Peppers, Pak Choi, Courgettes, Parsnips, Leeks, Carrots, Beans, Swiss Chard, Beetroot, lettuce, spring onions were all on offer and looking lush.
I settled for Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes
The shop of course is our own growing area and that is what was on offer yesterday, I am popping to the shops has been a regular saying here.
We have several shops to choose from, there is the shop with fresh produce, Poly tunnels, fruit cage and raised beds.
The dry store which has potatoes, onions and garlic.
The frozen food  shop, were I get my meat, fish, unseasonal veg, ready meals, etc
One of the ready meals, they are proper dinners that are made up when I cook meals, Martin takes some back with him and I might have some through the week.
We also have the pantry store
Were we have all manner of canned goods, pickles, jams, pasta, rice, flour, sugar 
Many are bought in bulk and stored in airtight food bins.
I have 10 of these food buckets and 6 of the yellow barrels they are all full of dry goods. I decant smaller quantity's into containers in the kitchen for every day use, one day I will have a big walk in pantry and it will all be together there.
Our shops are always well stocked with a good variety of supplies ready to add to any meal. 
If I don't want to browse through the shelves, I do have an inventory of everything, in freezers and cupboards.
 
Diary 
Tuesday November 16th 1982 
Lucky still not calved, John concerned in case Mastitis, called vet in this morning.
Margaret and David went into Carmarthen shopping.
Vet came in the afternoon, left two bottles of calcium in case milk fever trouble with Celandine, vet not concerned about Lucky, seems to think all OK.
David and Margaret took us down Forest Arms for a drink, had a good laugh, went out to inspect Lucky at midnight, everything all OK, posted letter to mother, Margaret made bread.
 

 

 

 

 

 

30 comments:

  1. Oh how I envy the space you have for storing things. Even our large freezer is at the inlaws! x

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    1. Space is tight as this house is smaller than our other

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  2. There use to be a campaign for people to Shop Local. You couldn't be more local than your smallholding Dawn.

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    1. We are doing our bit with food miles

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  3. What a totally wonderful way to shop! Where do you get the big white containers from? Very excited as Jon has made a start on the cellar store room! Lots of dust downstsirs at the moment but doing best not to let my slight case of OCD worry about it just for now. Should only be about a week before its finsished. Eeeek!

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    1. The food buckets I bought through ebay, you are lucky to have a cellar would have love one

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  4. Couldn't agree with you more. Nothing beats "popping to the shop" to find something to add to our dinner ;)

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    1. have a good selection all year round is a challenge but doable

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  5. I am hoping to be able to pop to my own garden shop next year as DD is going to build some raised beds in the back garden and grow us some of our own veg. Nothing like the scale you grow on though. I do have a little shop for canned goods and household things in one of our brick outhouses and a freezer in one of the others-x-

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    1. Look forward to seeing your raised beds come on

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  6. Gosh, no food miles and it couldn't be fresher! All your frozen meals are a great idea for Martin to use through the week or for you when you are too tired to set to and cook a meal of an evening.

    Those big food buckets are great. I have a selection of big earthenware storage jars I have collected down the years which I use for dried goods, and smaller amounts in glass Kilner jars and similar.

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    1. Smaller storage jars are used in the kitchen to decant into.

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  7. P.S. As I said last week, you are incredibly organized . . .

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    1. I think you have to be some-what organised or you spend all your time shopping for food instead

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  8. I love this, exactly where I'd like to be eventually. I'm assuming the dried goods have a long shelf life? This is the 2nd blog where I've seen the containers for freezing meals. Very good.

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    1. dried goods do have a long shelf life and most are bought in bulk, the containers I got off amazon, I have some with three sections as well.

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  9. Brilliant Dawn, I'd love to be able to say that. You work incredibly hard and deserve your success. Who needs coupons and BOGOF's when you have a shop like yours.

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    1. any vouchers we ge mainly through fuel are used to buy in staples like tea sugar etc

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  10. Your ready for the winter, when the snow comes you will be laughing, all your hard work is paying off.

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    1. I would love for us to have real winter snow, just because I love the stuff

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  11. Interestingly when I go into the freezer we refer to going shopping in the freezer. Think you will have your walk in large pantry before me although I am gathering things together. This year I have acquired a lot of original kilner dual purpose jars that can be reused with the leifheit seals. I inherited some from my mum and I have added to them this summer. I have also bought some older rubber seal jars as well as well as the Cadbury Roses sweetie jars for the bulk ingredients. The garden I am hoping to get to grips with next year. hope you are keeping well. Pattypanxx

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    1. Wont get a pantry until we do some building work we are looking at 2018 so some time to go yet

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  12. The best shops, you have guaranteed freshness. It must have been a lot of hard work, but very worth it xx

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    1. Its not so much hard work, more challenging

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  13. You are very well stocked up, I just love your various shops.

    God bless.

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    1. I might have to make some signs up for the various areas :-)

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  14. I love this Dawn! It's my aim too to be able to shop from my own place. One day....

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  15. What a fantastic shop, it couldn't get more local. All your hard work has certainly paid off.

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